Police Warn Of New Tactic After Children Attacked In Home Invasion

The recent surge in violent crime has put many Americans on edge, but a particularly disturbing incident has led police to issue a warning to the public. In Aurora, Colorado, a 6-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were attacked in their home, sparking concerns about a new trend in home invasions.

According to the Aurora Police Department, the attackers disguised themselves in bright orange vests and carried a box to appear as delivery personnel. When the children opened the door, the suspects forced their way inside. The perpetrators, one of whom was armed, ransacked the home while one suspect inappropriately touched the teenage girl.

The children were not alone; a babysitter was present but was overpowered and pushed to the ground along with the young boy. The children’s parents, alerted by their Ring camera, called the police immediately. The entire invasion lasted about a minute, but the thieves managed to escape with jewelry and money.

This incident underscores the long-standing advice from law enforcement about the dangers of opening doors to strangers. Last year, a similar situation ended with an attempted burglar being shot dead after posing as a DoorDash driver in Noblesville, Indiana. The incident involved 18-year-old Grayson Rhue, who was killed during the attempted invasion. His alleged accomplice, Ruai Ngundeng Pal, was later arrested and charged with multiple felonies.

Retired NYPD Sgt. Joseph Giacalone described the deception used in these crimes as “an old crime with a new twist.” He expressed concern that such tactics could become a growing pattern.

“These guys are always looking for a new way to get into your house, and I’m sure police are very worried about whether this is a growing pattern,” Giacalone said.

To protect themselves, Giacalone advises residents to verify the identity of anyone at their door before opening it. He suggests checking IDs through a window, peephole, or door camera and looking for official delivery or utility vehicles in the vicinity.

As home invasions continue to rise, it’s essential for residents to remain vigilant and cautious to avoid falling victim to these deceptive and dangerous tactics.